- Jurisdiction is defined as the power or authority to decide legal cases.
An example of jurisdiction is a court having control over legal decisions made about a certain group of towns.
jurisdiction definition by Webster's New World
- the administering of justice; authority or legal power to hear and decide cases
- authority or power in general
- a sphere of authority
- the territorial range of authority
- a law court or system of law courts
Origin: Middle English jurisdiccioun, altered (infl. by L) ; from Old French juridiction ; from Classical Latin jurisdictio, administration of the law ; from jus (gen. juris,), law plush dictio: see jury and amp; diction
jurisdiction definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- Law The right and power to interpret and apply the law: courts having jurisdiction in this district.
- a. Authority or control: islands under U.S. jurisdiction; a bureau with jurisdiction over Native American affairs.b. The extent of authority or control: a family matter beyond the school's jurisdiction.
- The territorial range of authority or control.
Origin: Middle English jurisdiccioun, from Old French juridicion, from Latin iūrisdictiō, iūrisdictiōn- : iūris, genitive of iūs, law; see yewes- in Indo-European roots + dictiō, dictiōn-, declaration (from dictus, past participle of dīcere, to say; see deik- in Indo-European roots).
- juˌris·dicˈtion·al adjective
- juˌris·dicˈtion·al·ly adverb
jurisdiction - Business Definition
jurisdiction - Computer Definition
Jurisdiction and power accorded to judges are intimately related. Power is constitutionally conferred on a judge to decide whether there has been a breach of law, the causes of the breach, and the kind of prison sentence or penalty that is appropriate for such a breach. The physical land area or geographical district within which a judge has jurisdiction is called his or her “territory.” Thus, a judge’s power relative to the territory is called “the territorial jurisdiction.” Judges have power only in their jurisdictions, and the decisions of judges in upper courts preside over decisions of judges in inferior courts.
The ’Lectric Law Library. The ’Lectric Law Library’s Lexicon On Jurisdiction. [Online, 2004.] The ’Lectric Law Library Website: http://www.lectlaw.com/def/ j013.htm.Webster's New World Hacker Dictionary Copyright © 2010 by Bernadette Schell and Clemens Martin.Published by Wiley Publishing, Inc., Indianapolis, Indiana. Used by arrangement with John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
jurisdiction - Legal Definition
- The power wielded by a government over its subjects, their property, and the land and natural resources within its boundaries.
- A court’s authority over persons or property brought before or appearing before it.
- The geographical area within which a government’s or a court’s power may be applied.